If you love the idea of getting out into the great outdoors but can’t stand the creepy crawlies, sandy bed or thought of needing a shovel to go to the toilet, Glamping is for you. Castaways Moreton Island has 11 beautifully furnished glamping cabins complete with queen size bed, private ensuite and veranda overlooking the beautiful gardens.
When you’re glamping at Castaways, there is no tent to pitch and no gazebo to struggle with, so put up your feet up and enjoy a glass of wine knowing you’re not facing another night of sleeping on a half inflated blow-up! Make sure you check out the sunset from the beach at the famous Bulwer Wrecks, located just a 100 metre stroll from your front door!
Glamping is a way to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing a little bit of luxury.
So, where is it?
Castaways is located on Moreton Island, which is approximately 40km off the coast of Brisbane. As the name suggests, it is an island, so you will need the ferry (either as a passenger or with 4WD) to get there! The journey takes approximately 90 minutes on the Micat, which departs from the Port of Brisbane, just 20 minutes from the Brisbane CBD.
The best part? You’ll feel like you’re 100 miles away after just 20 minutes from Brisbane minus the traffic of driving up or down the coast, or the stress and endless travelling when flying overseas.
Once you reach Moreton Island, Castaways is located in the small township of Bulwer, 25 minutes north from the Micat landing point at the Tangalooma Wrecks (see map).
You can traverse the beach to Castaways from the Micat landing point regardless of the tide thanks to the inland tracks (see map). Once you hit the Bulwer Wrecks, turn right and head into town to check-in at Castaways.
Moreton Island is a sand island with no sealed roads, so 4WDs only!
No 4WD? No worries!
Castaways offers a VIP transfer service which picks you and your luggage up from the Micat landing (at the Tangalooma Wrecks), and drops you back to the Micat for your journey home.
On the 25 minute 4WD to Castaways, our friendly Castaways guide will share some Moreton Island history, what island life is like as a local, and point out some beautiful wildlife. Depending on the season, you can spot Manta Rays, Whales, Dolphins, Turtles, Spotted Eagle Rays, Kookaburras, Brahminy Kites, Osprey and much more. You might even get some inside information on the locals’ secret fishing spots, but no promises!
Adult return transfers are $65, children are $35. Don’t forget to add these to your accommodation booking.
What’s included in the Glamping cabin?
- Each cabin is furnished with a queen size bed (plus set of bunk beds in four person cabin)
- Private ensuite with hot shower & flushable toilet
- Solar power lighting in each cabin, no power points
- Veranda with table & chairs
- Communal camp kitchen – BBQs, gas stove top, microwave, fridge
- Tea & coffee making facilities available
- We recommend bringing or purchasing water as Moreton Island is bore water only
- BYO utensils, crockery, pots and pans
What should you bring?
We recommend bringing:
- Clothing & toiletries
- Linen (pillow case, sheet set & bath towel) if not pre-purchased
- Beach towels & accessories (umbrella, toys etc.)
- Torch (as we are away from the big smoke, it does get quite dark at night time (which makes for some amazing star gazing))
- Sunscreen & insect repellent (Rid)
- Food & Drinks (including water) to go in the glamping kitchen. You can also have breakfast, lunch or dinner at Castaways, or purchase breakfast and dinner packs from Castaways to cook yourself in the glamp kitchen. Check out Castaways opening hours and menu here.
- Jerry cans of fuel if you plan on going through your whole tank exploring or you can purchase from Castaways
- Non wi-fi dependant entertainment (there is limited access to mobile signal, so you might need to go back to the paper version of your book!)
- Kitchen utensils, crockery, pots / pans needed for cooking
Check-in and Check-out
Check-in is at 2pm and check-out is at 10am at the Castaways store.
If you have booked a transfer from Castaways to the Micat, please meet out the front of Castaways at 9.30am for your return journey.
What can I do while I’m there?
Apart from relaxing on the beach, whale, dolphin and turtle spotting and loads of swimming in perfect, clear blue skies. We recommend going down to the wrecks and hiring from Sunset Safaris. They have snorkel, kayak and wetsuit hire, just look for the big orange truck.
If you’re looking for a guided snorkel experience, we can also book a tour with our partners Sunset Safaris here.
- Snorkelling tours around the Tangalooma wrecks
- Sandboarding tours at the desert
- A scenic tour which takes you around the northern end of Moreton Island
- Snorkelling (including wetsuit) hire from Sunset Safaris straight off the beach at the Tangalooma Wrecks
- Hire kayak or glass bottom kayak from Sunset Safaris off the beach at the Tangalooma Wrecks